First initiated in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.

And here in Herefordshire we have h-Trees! Our own slant on Tree Week, with some fabulous events around the county. From the 24th November to 3rd December 2017 and hosted by Herefordshire Tree Forum, here is the full list of events …


Friday 24th November from 1:30 – 4pm Coppice Woods Walk with Kington Tree Warden Richie Cotterill Visiting local Hazel & Sweet Chestnut Coppice Woods & some of Kington’s Community Orchards. 5 mile walk taking in some fairly rough terrain. Suitable for resilient children and dogs on leads. Bring drinks & snacks; wear sensible clothing FREE – just turn up at Kington Market Place, HR5 3BQ Email: kingtontrees@live.co.uk Tel: 07777 661252 – Facebook: Kington Trees.

Friday 24th November 7:30 – 9pm “Coppicing: the history, biology and utility of an ancient wood harvesting system” presentation by David Lovelace – Countryside Historian: People have worked with trees for thousands of years, co-creating rich & diverse habitats supplying sustainable wood products. The Oxford Arms, Duke Street, Kington HR5 3DR. FREE. well-behaved dogs & children welcome. Coppice products will be on sale by Lewis Goldwater – Turnham Green Email: kingtontrees@live.co.uk Tel: 01544 230322

Saturday 25th November 9.30 – 4pm Tree Week info stall in High Town Hereford. Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and Herefordshire Tree Wardens will be available throughout the day to share information on tree related issues & wildlife, h.Trees events and activities and the recently formed Hereford City Branch of the Wildlife Trust.

Saturday 25th November from 5 – 7:30pm. From the ‘Art of the Wood special h.Tree Week exhibition launch at: Made in the Marches Gallery, 12 Church St. Kington, HR5 3AZ With Live Acoustic Music by Richie & Celia – Welsh Waltzs. Tree-themed Drinks & Nibbles with fruity, nutty, squirrelly ingredients! FREE; not suitable for children or pets Tel:07531820195 or 07544368547 madeinthemarchesgallery@gmail.com www.madeinthemarches.com

Sunday 26th November 10-4:30pm Gruffalo’s Child Christmas celebration. A family fun day at Queenswood Country Park HR6 0PY Entry Free, but small charge for Father Christmas’ Grotto and some craft activities. Café on site. Booking not required. For more info ring 01432 530088 or www.herefordshirewt.org/events

Sunday 26th November 10am – 3.30pm Sprucing up Hereford! Volunteers needed to tackle overgrowing vegetation and collect the accumulated litter at the Aldi/Sainsbury’s junction/underpass on Whitecross Road, Hereford HR4 0AW Meet on the Sainsbury’s side of the underpass on the Great Western Way. Adults only, no dogs. Limited disabled access. Litter picking equipment will be provided but please bring your own gardening and pruning tools as well as gloves. Please wear suitable clothing – sturdy boots, old clothes and waterproofs. You’ll need to bring your own refreshments though cake will be provided! Ideally let me know if you’re coming – Jane Denny tel: 07747 656099 but if not just turn up – we look forward to seeing you.

Sunday 26 November, 2–4 pm Woodland Walk at Moreton Wood, Ullingswick, HR1 3JQ. Free event. Wear warm clothing and strong footwear. Children and dogs on leads welcome. Refreshments round the camp fire at end of walk. Booking preferred but not essential. Contact: jo@moretonwood.co.uk 07920851674 www.moretonwood.co.uk

Sunday 26th November from 3:30–5pm An Ash Dieback Forum at Leominster Community Centre, HR6 8NJ. Free Event. An update on Chalara and developing UK responses. Short presentations followed by a panel discussion with David Griffiths – Woodland Trust – local Chalara update; Jon Stokes – Tree Council – National Strategy? Herefordshire Tree Wardens – H.ASH Monitoring Tony Norman – Ash Replacement Trees (ART) in Pembridge. Why not get involved as a local monitoring volunteer? info@htreewardens.org.uk Tel: 07777 661252 or 01568 780886

Monday 27th November Hereford City digital tree mapping presentation with David Lovelace and Nic Howes. 7-9 pm De Koffee Pot, Left Bank, Hereford HR4 9DG. Funded by Hereford City Council, the city’s trees are being mapped and logged digitally by a growing team of community volunteers . Come along and find out more and how to get involved in this ‘citizen science’ project open to all. For more info 07710715235.

Tuesday 28th November 9:30-12am and 1-3.30pm Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum Walk and Plant Entry £5. Café on site. Clothing appropriate to the weather, including sensible shoes. Booking essential: ring 01432 530088 or go to: www.herefordshirewt.org

Tuesday 28th November from 7:30pm “Heritage Trees of the Welsh Borders” A Herefordshire Wildlife Trust TREE Talk and slide show by Archie Miles, Photographer & Author, at Kington Primary School, HR5 3AL Admission £5 – includes refreshments Children welcome; wheelchair access; no animals. Email: sarahcad@aol.com Tel: 07866 178957 Visit: www.herefordshirewt.org/events/2017/ This event will also announce Brilley’s ‘The Magic of Trees’ Photo Competition Winners.


Friday 1 December, 10 – 12 noon. The Tree Week information stall will be in Leominster with advice and events info from a range of local tree-loving organisations. The Friday Market, Corn Square, Leominster HR6 8YP For more info and offers of help: contact Felicity Norman 01568 780886

Sunday 3rd December from 1:30pm – Dusk “Ancient Trees of Hergest” A Walk & Talk with Rowan Griffiths – Hergest Gardener Catalogue & International Dendrology Society & Richie Cotterill – Kington Tree Warden. Visiting fabulous old trees in Yeld Wood and on Hergest Ridge, Park Wood, Haywood Common and back to Hergest Croft Park. About 6 miles, with some steep or muddy sections. Well behaved dogs and children welcome – bring cake to share! FREE – just turn up at Hergest Croft Visitors Car Park ref. SO 28598 56753. Email: kingtontrees@live.co.uk – Tel: 07777 661252 www.hergest.co.uk

Sunday 3rd December Dinedor Hill Walk ‘n’ Talk with tree expert Jerry Ross and Bartonsham History Group’s Bill Laws. Meet 10.30 start at HARC car park, Fir Tree Lane, Straight Mile, Rotherwas HR2 6LA. Three hours, quite hard ascent to Dinedor (or drive to the Camp – HR2 6LQ and meet us there). Info Bill 07742 825813. Free but donations welcome! http://www.bartonshamhistory.org.uk/

Throughout and beyond Tree Week come and interact with The Biophilic Wishing Tree at Queenswood Country Park, Dinmore Hill, Nr. Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0PY Add to the love of life wishing tree and based on your responses to questions you will tie different coloured ribbons to the tree at Queenswood. This event is a New Leaf, h.Energy project run via the Queenswood and Bodenham Lake partnership (Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & New Leaf) to celebrate National Tree Week, the UK’s largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season.

Part of the Treeline (New Leaf) artist commissioning program funded by Arts Council England if you want to attend a workshop to add your Biophilic Wishes to the tree please check http://tinyurl.com/y9hv8tju or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-biophilic-wishing-tree-tickets-39287717621


For breaking events, last minute news and more information about these Herefordshire Tree Week activities or Herefordshire Tree Forum please visit www.h‐trees.net

h.Trees week is part of The Tree Council’s National Tree Week: www.treecouncil.org.uk

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